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My Mother's Rules: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Emotional Genius Paperback – January 26, 2007
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The book outlines a systematic way to address and deal with your emotions in a constructive way to yield positive results. While the stories of Toler's upbringing have their value, the book's strength lies in the logical down-to-earth advice. The rules, many of which are accompanied by their own mini-vignette, are explained at the end of each thematic chapter. Toler states these rules are the cornerstone to a healthy outlook on life. Toler directs the reader to look in the mirror and inspires the reader to become a better person. She provides instructions on how to live according to the rules. I found that some of the "case in point" however, was not always on point.
As much as I admire Toler and was excited to read this book, I found this was a difficult book to read. It reads more like an autobiography - a walk down memory lane of her childhood and her pursuit to the bench.Read more ›
While a lot of the situations in the book were helpful to me in understanding other people, there were also points that applied to my own life and issues that I was struggling to understand as a mother, daughter, and sister within my own family. The book was a huge help to me at the time that I read it, and gave me much to think about over the months afterwards.Read more ›
MY MOTHER'S RULES: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Emotional Genius is a guide for those wanting to learn to control their emotions, even under the worst of conditions. This insight is shown in abundance in Toler's book. She shares her belief that important lessons can be learned from anything. Some of the rules focus on working through problems, identifying and dealing with your weaknesses, realizing that everyone has bad times, believing in self, and living with/laughing at your failings. Others focus on the family, education, interactions with others, and even parenting. My favorite was the portion that deals with self worth. Basically, she says that no one can define you or tell you what you are and are not capable of, when it comes to your life, dreams, and goals. I loved that piece of advice, and also the first-wave rule dealing with anger avoidance and learning how to let things pass without causing unnecessary irritation.
What I liked most about MY MOTHER'S RULES was the honest, down-home feel of Toler's words. She follows each rule with a story example and breaks down the scenario in terms which are easy to understand. Some of the stories are sad, while others are more positive, or simply common sense, but all are insightful.Read more ›
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The 5 stars are for the anecdotal stories teamed with practical advice for managing your emotions. I especially enjoyed learning about Judge Lynn's childhood and the challenges... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent read! You'll learn a lot from her wisdom like I did!!!!!.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting to see how a mother can influence deeply her daughter's life and behavior.Published 1 month ago by coccinelle31
Although the author had some good points, she painted too broad of a picture. I appreciated her honesty about her childhood.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have learned a lot from your book. Very enlightening and I can relate to stories.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer